Sunday, August 23, 2009

Malaysian woman sentenced to caning under Shariah law

On August 21, a Malaysian state court sentenced a woman (Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno,) to caning after she was seen drinking beer in public. The punishment apparently follows Shariah law. Amnesty International reported the story on Aug. 21, here. The incident occurred in Pahang. The woman is the first to have corporal punishment under shariah.

Like much of Islam, some of Malaysian culture emphasizes the honor of the family as a group of people rather than as individuals, and believes that entire family is shamed.

The caning of Michael Fay in Singapore (an independent city-state) in 1994 attracted international attention.

Monday, the media reported that imposition of the sentence had been delayed.

Attribution link for Wikipedia CIA map (p.d.) of Malaysia.

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